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Employment

ALGONQUIN NURSES

REGISTERED NURSES AND LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
Algonquin Nurses is an established Home Health Company and is presently recruiting for RN's, LPN's and C.N.A.'s for Pediatric and Adult Private Duty Nursing. You will provide nursing care to children in their home setting. This program is specifically designed for children who are disabled and require a nurse that has the desire to make a difference in the lives of the children and family as a unit. Job Requirements are six months to one year of pediatric experience is preferred, however is not required Advantages to being an Algonquin Nurse include working one-on-one with your client, paid training support, and benefits with full-time hours. If you feel this type of nursing is in an area you would like to pursue in order to make a difference, we would like to interview you immediately. Apply on line at: 
www.algonquinnurses.com or call 314-822-8158 and ask for Jeannine Brannum EOE.

Jeannine Brannum, jbrannum@algonquinnurses.com, Algonquin Nurses Home Health Care, 314-822-8158, www.algonquinnurses.com

 

BILINGUAL INTERNATIONAL

PART-TIME MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
Bilingual International is seeking a part-time mental health therapist for an innovative program working with older adults. Licensed or provisionally licensed clinician will possess an interest in assisting individuals suffering from co-morbid conditions, mental health disorders and chronic physical illness, through unique, holistic programming. Clinician will help educate and support individuals suffering from such illnesses as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. These types of chronic conditions often exacerbate mental illness and symptoms of depression, anxiety or adjustment disorder. Successful applicant will be able to travel to clients’ homes, will have a background and/or interest in healthy living and coping with lifestyle changes, and will be prepared to serve minority. Trainings will be provided on health and nutrition, diabetes management, and various therapeutic as well as other CEU trainings for professional development. LPC/LCSW supervision available if needed.

Jason Baker, jason.baker@bilingualstl.org, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800, http://www.bilingualstl.org/opportunities/jobs/pt-therapist-steps/

 

PYRAMID HOME HEALTH SERVICES

FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES
Do you have a friend or family member needing assistance with household chores or personal care? Would you like a new career helping people age at home? Pyramid Home Health Services has the job for you. We will beat other provider’s hourly pay rates and you will receive up to 80 hours of bonus paid time off (PTO). Additionally, both full and part time employees earn PTO at Pyramid, up to 80 hours annually. You can take this paid time off or choose to take it as additional pay. Full-time employees of Pyramid also receive 6 paid holidays annually and medical insurance for $30 per month. Start your career today by calling 1-800-699-1746 or visit our website
www.pyramidhhs.com and apply online. Pyramid Home Health Services is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA 

Mary Tripp, mtripp@pyramidhhs.com, Pyramid Home Health Services, Inc., 573-339-1864, www.pyramidhhs.com


PARISH NURSE

Lutheran Senior Services
Part-time position of Parish Nurse for Lutheran Senior Services available. This is an 8 to 16 hours per week position. Parish nurse is responsible for assisting low-income seniors use the telehealth kiosk, which monitors resident vitals such as high blood pressure, weight, glucose and heart rate. The nurse also provides health education, medication management, doctor referrals and spiritual support. If you do not have your Parish Nurse certification, LSS is willing to assist with the cost. If interested Michelle Wamser.

Michelle Wamser, Michelle.Wamser@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7905, www.lssliving.org


DIRECTOR OF NURSING

CARDINAL RITTER SENIOR SERVICES
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has an open position for the Director of Nursing. Responsibilities include coordinating, directing, staffing, controlling, and evaluating a 24 hour program of Nursing Service to meet the needs of the residents. Directs all nursing activities to ensure quality care for all residents. Participates in the formulation of philosophy, objectives, policies and procedures that directly, or indirectly, influence nursing services based upon the philosophy of care at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Graduate of a professional nursing program with a current Missouri state license. Formal preparation and experience in administration and supervision of nursing service. Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing extended care facilities including knowledge of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process and Medicare regulations including Prospective Payment System (PPS). Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing employment regulations. Knowledge of the operation and organization of an extended care facility. Minimum five (5) years nursing experience in long term care.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices


DRIVER NEEDED

ST. CHARLES
iTNStCharles is a non-profit dedicated to providing dignified rides for seniors and adults with disability living in St. Charles County. We need part-time paid drivers and volunteer drivers. We are extremely flexible and very friendly. Please consider helping your neighbor and community. Call Martha Klein or Debbie Brazill 636-329-0888 for more info. 
www.itnstcharles.org .

Susan Kallash-Bailey, skb@itnstcharles.org, iTNStCharles, 636-329-0888, www.itnstcharles.org

 

GRANT WRITER, PART TIME

CARDINAL RITTER SENIOR SERVICES
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has a job opening for an experienced part-time Grant Writer to research and write grants for all services, facilities and programs of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Research and write funding opportunities applications. Identify funding possibilities and new opportunities to match institutional needs. Track grants received/not received. Ensure timely and accurate completion of grant evaluations and outcomes with appropriate input from program staff. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience writing successful grants. Knowledge of Microsoft Office. Raisers Edge database experience preferred. 

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices

 

HOMEMAKER AIDES AND PERSON CARE AIDES

Pyramid Home Health Services
Pyramid Home Health Services has immediate openings for Homemaker Aides and Personal Care Aides in Saint Louis City, Saint Louis county and Saint Charles county. Do you have a friend or family member needing assistance with household chores or personal care? Would you like a new career helping people age at home? Pyramid Home Health Services has the job for you. We will beat other provider’s hourly pay rates and you will receive up to 80 hours of bonus paid time off (PTO). Additionally, both full and part time employees earn PTO at Pyramid, up to 80 hours annually. You can take this paid time off or choose to take it as additional pay. Full-time employees of Pyramid also receive 6-paid holidays annually and medical insurance for $30 per month. Start your career today, call 1-800-699-1746 or visit our website
www.pyramidhhs.com and apply online. Pyramid Home Health Services is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/AA 

Mary Tripp, mtripp@pyramidhhs.com, Pyramid Home Health Care, 573-339-1864, www.pyramidhhs.com

 

PRN MEDICAL RECORDS CLERK

CARDINAL RITTER SENIOR SERVICES
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has a job opening for a PRN Medical Records Clerk. The Medical Records Clerk assists the Medical Records Coordinator and the Case Manager in the efficient storage and use of resident medical records. The Clerk also assists the Admissions Coordinator in collection and distribution of resident information for new admissions and re-admissions. High school diploma with one year experience in a health care setting preferably a nursing home.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices

 


Health & Wellness

GRANDPARENTS CLASS

DECEMBER 15

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Grandparent’s Class is for expectant grandparents and reviews current hospital care for mother and baby, infant safety information and tips on being helpful as grandparents. A tour of the birthing suites is included. Call 314-205-6906 or visit www.stlukes-stl.com to register online. Fees: $20.00. Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital Conference Room on 3rd floor, across from the Medical Library, 232 S Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Theresa Dickens, theresa.dickens@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-205-6906, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

ASSISTANCE WITH AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AVAILABLE
The open enrollment period to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starts November 1, 2016 and extends through January 31, 2017. Every American is required to obtain health insurance, either through their employer or through a state or federal health insurance marketplace, or face a penalty. Yet, there are a number of changes to the ACA landscape that may impact both individuals and employers as they plan for 2017. Will consumers have fewer choices now that several large insurers have announced they are dropping out of the marketplace?  What can consumers expect to pay, as premiums, co-pays and deductibles are all expected to increase?  How does the federal subsidy work and who qualifies?  What penalties might consumers pay if they fail to obtain coverage?  What conditions must exist for an individual to be exempt from the ACA coverage requirements? As an official Navigator for the Health Insurance Marketplace, the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA) can provide answers to these and many other questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Call 636-207-0847. 

Joan Berkman, facewatchers@swbell.net, Face Watchers, 314-726-3484


FREE HEALTH SCREENING

TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS at The village at Mackenzie Place
Free Health Screening with a Parish Nurse. Insurance information not needed. Measure your blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, and pulse. This free service is offered at Lutheran Senior Services at The Village at Mackenzie Place, 8520 Mackenzie Road, Affton, MO 63123. Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 314-884-7909.

Melita Hodzic, melita.hodzic@lssliving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-884-7909


FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

MONDAYS from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hylton Point
You are invited to participate in a weekly free wellness screening. Screenings for individuals over 55 include: blood pressure readings, weight check, blood sugar readings, as well as prayer and spiritual support by a Lutheran Senior Services Parish Nurse. Every reading is taken by a Wellness Kiosk with print outs available to take to your doctor. Don't miss this free resource today. Hylton Point Apartments, 933 Belt Ave, St. Louis, Mo 63112. Mondays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Savanna to make an appointment 314-367-7697.

Savanna Little, savanna.litali@lssliving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-367-7697, www.lssliving.org


FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

TUESDAYS from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at LSS Rose Hill House
Take control of your health and take control of your life. Wellness Kiosks are specialized computers operated by our Parish Nurses. The kiosks measure blood pressure, weight and blood glucose levels. With our LSS Registered Parish Nurse on hand in the kiosk, you can stay on track with your health. This free service is now being offered at LSS Rose Hill House, Affordable Housing for seniors, every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 225 West Rose Hill Avenue in the beautiful heart of Kirkwood, MO. Call 314-822-4928 for your appointment today.

Vanessa Fakes, vanessa.fakes@lssliving.org, LSS Rose Hill House I & II, 314-822-4928, www.lssliving.org

 

FREE WELLNESS SCREENINGS

THURSDAYS from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hilltop Manor
Hilltop Manor, a Lutheran Senior Services senior community is offering free wellness screenings with a Parish Nurse. Screenings include blood pressure readings, blood sugar screenings, and pulse and weight checks for all seniors 55+. A Parish Nurse is also available for prayer, spiritual support and resources. Many who are already taking advantage of this program are aware of the positive benefits it brings to their health. Please pass this on to any family or church members, friends or home health aides that may be interested. Call Michelle Herrick, Service Coordinator, for your appointment. Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 636-938-6442, 11 Hilltop Village Center Drive Eureka, MO 63025.

Michelle Herrick, michelle.herrick@lssliving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 636-938-6442, www.lssliving.org


Lectures / Cont. Education

MOVING MOM AND DAD

DECEMBER 10

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Cafeteria
Moving Mom and Dad is a free educational seminar for pre-retirees, boomers, seniors, the elderly and their families. Gain insight into how to successfully navigate “later-in-life” transitions and to “right-size” one’s living situation. How do I coordinate all these and other important details for Mom and Dad? Where do I begin? What will I need to do to eventually help sell my parent’s home? What is my parent’s home worth? Who can I trust to make repairs for Mom and Dad? Who can move my parent’s things? What do I do with all my parent’s extra stuff? Subject matter experts include an elder law attorney and estate planning professional, a certified senior housing professional, a senior move manager and a retirement community ambassador. Enjoy a very special presentation by a mystery guest/speaker. Saturday, December 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Cafeteria, 1420 South Sappington Rd., Crestwood,  MO  63126. Join us, all are welcome. Bring your friends, neighbors, parents, other family members. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat today. Please R.S.V.P. by December 7 to 314-337-1534 or 
DennisMDaniels@gmail.com . Sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul (Pauline Books & Media) Crestwood, MO. 

Dennis Daniels, dennismdaniels@gmail.com, Platinum Realty, 314-337-1534

 

COULD AND SHOULD HUMANS LIVER 1000 YEARS?

DECEMBER 12

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Danforth Campus, Washington University
The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St. Louis will be hosting Tim Peterson, PhD, from the WUSTL School of Medicine, for our December Issues in Aging Seminar; Could and Should Humans Live 1000 years? December 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Danforth Campus, Danforth University Center (DUC), Room 276. This seminar is free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be served. Social Work CEU's are available. Parking passes available. 

Sarah Harty, sharty9@yahoo.com, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University in St. Louis, 314-747-9192, https://publichealth.wustl.edu/centers/aging/


Arts & Entertainment

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

NOVEMBER 28 to DECEMBER 12

Ballwin Golf Course Clubhouse
The Lafayette Older Adult Program (LOAP) is a partnership program with Manchester, Ballwin, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Wildwood, Winchester and the Parkway and Rockwood School Districts. LOAP have regular monthly meetings and activities. The fee is $2 per meeting to be paid at the meeting. Occasional special luncheons require a reservation and pre-payment and are a higher fee. Coffee, tea, soda and desserts are provided. Bring a sack lunch. All LOAP meetings will be held at the Ballwin Golf Course clubhouse.  December 12 is our Holiday Brunch.  Special luncheons involve separate fees. Accessible parking will be available at the Golf Course. For a shorter walk and more convenient parking, please park in North Pointe’s parking lot. If you are registered for one of the special luncheons or trips, please note that there will be no refunds unless it is an emergency and you will not be allowed to carry it over until the next luncheon. Due to health and safety reasons, please do not bring Tupperware containers with you to the luncheons for leftovers. Call 636-537-4000 for more information.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

SILVER STAGES SERIES

DECEMBER 7

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Missouri History Museum E. Desmond Lee Auditorium
Maturity and Its Muse in partnership with The Missouri History Museum, proudly presents: The Silver Stages Series.  Performances by Mature St. Louisans for Mature St. Louisans, featuring The St. Louis Stutters’ on Wednesday, December 7th.   The St. Louis Stutters’ have been performing fast tapping precision dance routines with a rich history of skill and dedication to their talent for thirty years. Fashioned from the early 1900’s into Jazz and onto Broadway this high-kicking chorus line perform rhythm tap dances with style and glamour. Admission is free. The Missouri History Museum E. Desmond Lee Auditorium, doors open: 10:00 a.m. and performance is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For handicapped accessible information contact Lynn Hamilton at 314-420-1444 or 
lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, Maturity and its Muse, 314-420-1444, www.maturityanditsmuse.org


ST. LOUIS BANJO CLUB

DECEMBER 8

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Concordia Turner

The St. Louis Banjo Club will provide a free evening of lively music played on "America's fun instrument- the four-string banjo". Sing along and listen to 15 banjo players playing the songs you know. Concordia Turner is located at 6432 Gravois, St. Louis, MO 63116. For more information, call 314-842-3185 or visit our website: www.stlouisbanjoclub.org. Table seating and full cash bar with snacks. Did we mention it was free? Don Dempsey, dldempsey@earthlink.net, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-3185, www.stlouisbanjoclub.org.  

Don Dempsey, dldempsey@earthlink.net, St. Louis Banjo Club, 314-842-0188, www.stlouisbanjoclub.org


GARDEN GLOW SENIOR SIZZLER

DECEMBER 15

2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Missouri Botanical Garden
Join us on Thursday, December 15 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Missouri Botanical Garden for the Senior Sizzler Garden Glow.  Cost is $40 per person. Register in person at the West County Family Y or call 636-532-3100.This event features a million lights surrounding visitors with a spectacle of unique installations amid some of the Garden’s most iconic locations. We will meet at the Central Park Pavilion at 2:30 p.m. and then drive to dinner on The Hill at 3:30 p.m., restaurant still to be determined. After dinner, we will enter the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a beautiful light tour that includes the Gardenland Express, a winter flower and train show. We will return to the Central Park Pavilion at 8:00 p.m. To register, please visit the West County Family Y in person or call 636-532-3100 to pay via credit card by phone. No mail-in registrations and no refunds can be accepted for this trip. No additions can be made after the registration deadline, December 8. This is an outdoor event, so please be prepared for the weather. 

Lisa Bobryznski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us


CANDLELIGHT DINNER

DECEMBER 18

5:30 p.m. at West County Family Y
Holidays are a time of reflection, a time for good cheer, and a time for friends during this special time of the year! Join in the festivities on Sunday, December 18 at the West County Family Y for a Candlelight Dinner and entertainment by iSing!, an A Cappella quartet made up entirely of Sweet Adeline International members. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., the entertainment begins at 7:00 p.m. Call 636-532-3100 to register. 

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

EAGLE WATCHING

JANUARY 17
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pere Marquette, Grafton, IL

Join us for a fun-filled day of viewing bald eagles along the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. The iconic American bird provides visitors with an up close and personal look at its winter habitat. The day includes a chartered bus for transportation, continental breakfast, overview of the eagles and birding, step-on guided eagle and bird tour of the area and a fabulous family-style lunch at Pere Marquette, including fried chicken, sides and dessert! Sign up early because space is limited. The cost is $59 per person and includes transportation, continental breakfast, eagle watching and lunch. We will leave from the North Pointe Aquatic Facility, 335 Holloway in Ballwin at 8:00 a.m. and return around 3:30 p.m. For any questions, please contact Stephanie at 636-391-6326 ext. 401. 

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us


Announcements

BILINGUAL NAVIGATORS

Bilingual International Assistant Services

Bilingual Navigators are available to assist with health insurance market place enrollment until January 31, 2017. The Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period lasts until January 31, 2017. Free appointments are available with trained assisters who are fluent in: Bosnian, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Albanian, Dari/Farsi, Arabic, French, etc. Other languages available upon request. Since 2014 Bilingual International has assisted with general marketplace enrollment. Trained assisters can answer questions, gather needed documents, submit applications, enroll in health plans and assist with filing appeals. Experienced navigators are available for Q&A sessions as well as outreach. Call Bilingual International at 314-645-7800 to schedule an appointment and learn about your options or visit http://www.bilingualstl.org/ . Background Bilingual International Assistant Services, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization, was established in 2002 to help the foreign-born and has expanded to assist US-born seniors and adults with disabilities to navigate the intricate system of care. Funding was provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health, working to generate and accelerate positive changes in health.

Jeannine Cinco, jeannine.cinco@bilingualstl.org, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 636-541-5162, http://www.bilingualstl.org/

CAREPATROL CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY
I am proud to be celebrating 1-year in business. This has been a wonderful learning experience. Eleven seniors have found safe homes that they are happy with and three more are moving in soon. Thanks to everyone who has helped this past year. I look forward to many more. 

Nancy McClure, nancym@carepatrol.com, CarePatrol of Greater Saint Louis, 314-402-6955,

www.carepatrol.com

 

GRAY MATTERS ALLIANCE
Gray Matters Alliance is offering a new “Family Empowerment Session” service. It is for the family that believes they can handle the topic of driving retirement with a loved one on their own, but need direction, guidance, support and encouragement on how best to handle the discussions. The session takes place with the family (the driver is not involved), we listen to the concerns and will work to answer questions about their loved-one’s driving abilities. A guided tour of the workbook with special emphasis being placed on the family’s specific concerns and a comprehensive resource guide will be provided. Family Empowerment Sessions are designed to provide families with the education and material they need to have the driving conversation with their loved-one’s themselves, without outside intervention. Our goal is to provide the tools necessary to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for their loved one as they retire from driving. For families that are not comfortable handling the issue themselves, Gray Matters Alliance, LLC continues to offer the nationally recognized “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” for older drivers. For more information contact Vicki Spraul at 314-266-2678 or email 
vicki@graymattersalliance.com. 

Vicki Spraul, vicki@graymattersalliance.com, Gray Matters Alliance, LLC, 314-266-2678, www.graymattersalliance.com

 

MID-EAST AREA AGENCY ON AGING
Mid-East Area Agency on Aging is excited to join Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in the annual #SharetheLove this holiday season. From now till January 3rd, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charity. As a participating Meals on Wheels America member, MEAAA, will receive a share of revenue raised by Subaru in Missouri. MEAAA has partnered with local Subaru dealers to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event, and drive support for Meals on Wheels through our Agency. By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the event and selecting Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to senior’s right here in our community. For more information, visit 
www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/sharethelove.

Stephanie Patrick, spatrick@mid-eastaaa.org, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, 636-207-0847, www.agingmissouri.org

 

WELCOME CENTER AT THE SHERIDAN IN CREVE COEUR
Senior Lifestyle Corporation has opened a Welcome Center at The Sheridan in Creve Coeur Senior Living Community at 453 North Lindbergh Blvd.  The center will focus exclusively those with memory care needs. The $17 million, 53-unit development is slated to open in early 2017. This is the second of several senior living communities it plans to create in metro St. Louis and the only one that will focus solely on residents afflicted with dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Senior Lifestyle has two other Sheridan properties underway in metro St. Louis. Also slated to open in early 2017 is The Sheridan at Laumeier Park at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills, Mo., while a summer 2017 opening is planned for The Sheridan at Chesterfield at 16300 Justus Post Rd. in Chesterfield, Mo. Visitors to the Welcome Center can learn about Diamond Charter Membership, which entitles prospective residents and families to multiple benefits including priority apartment selection, monthly events and support groups, along with locked-in rates and VIP status. To learn more, contact
crcmarketing@seniorlifestyle.com  or call 314-930-2624.

Teresa Schroeder, teresa.schroeder@caseycomm.com, Casey Communications, Inc., 314-721-2828

 

EVELYN’S HOUSE

MAY 2017
Evelyn’s House, providing care in peaceful and comfortable surroundings provides a holistic approach to the emotional, spiritual and physical care of terminally ill patients of all ages.  Offering therapies for complex symptoms or respite in a home-like setting. Located adjacent to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Evelyn’s House, scheduled to open May 2017, is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to the community. Features include: 16 private suites for adults, teens and children with walkout patio off every suite, family gathering spaces with overnight accommodations, kids and teen activity room and natural, comfortable surroundings with dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms, family kitchen and café, meditation room and garden.  In addition, there is an ability playhouse for special needs children.  Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Leading edge communication and safety are a priority. We offer specialized on-site staff; hospice specialized care team, medical director, nurse practitioner, registered nurses, aides, a social worker, spiritual counselor, music therapist, expressive therapist and many volunteers. 

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759, bjchospice.org


Honors & Recognition

MEMORIES AND MELODIES FUNDRAISER

Memory Care Home Solutions (MCHS) capped off their 10th annual Memories & Melodies fundraiser by bringing in half a million dollars in donations on October 13th. The local non-profit hosted many of St. Louis’ most philanthropic families and local companies with the goal of raising funds that will aid families caring for someone with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. With over 500 guests in attendance to support the MCHS cause, the initial goal was far exceeded and reached $500,000. 2016 Alzheimer’s Community Service Awardees Debbie & Jack Thomas provided continuous motivation and at one point threw out a matching challenge to supporters. Other major funding for the evening was provided by: The Horncrest Foundation, Reinsurance Group of America, Edward Jones, The John Allen Love Foundation, The Shade Tree Company, Seniors Helping Seniors, Centene, Express Scripts, Ameren, The Fox Family, Kathy & Jim Snowden, Ellen & John Wallace and Betty & David C. Farrell. The Memories & Melodies gala was held at the Chase Park Plaza and next year’s event is scheduled for November 16, 2017 and will honor Nancy & Al Siwak. For more information about Memory Care Home Solutions and events, go to www.memorycarehs.org

Nick Clark, nclark@memorycarehs.org, Memory Care Home Solutions, 314-645-6247, http://memorycarehs.org/2016-memories-melodies-gallery/


CAREGIVER AWARDS LUNCHEON

DECEMBER 1
Do you know an exceptional caregiver working in long-term care? Make sure to nominate them by September 30 so they can be honored at the Caregiver Awards Luncheon on December 1. Imagine them being recognized in front of 600 people from the local long-term care community. What an incredible way to recognize your exceptional caregivers who are providing quality long-term care. Download the nomination form at https://www.voycestl.org/events/caregiver-awards-luncheon/.

Kristin Pendleton, kpendleton@voycestl.org, VOYCE, 314-919-2410, www.voycestl.org


Support & Counseling

FAMILY CAREGIVER TRAINING

DECEMBER 6

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Seniors Home Care
Free family caregiver training on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at  Seniors Home Care. This training opportunity provides tools to use when caring for a parent or loved one in multiple settings. Whether you are a seasoned caregiver or planning care for a family member, spouse or friend, this free class will teach you topics including: monitoring and handling medications, incontinence care, home safety, proper body mechanics to protect yourself against injury, Alzheimer's disease and dementia awareness, and handling caregiver stress. This class is taught by a Seniors Home Care registered nurse. Seating is limited for this free community service, so call 314-962-2666 today to reserve a spot.

Ted Ryan, ted@seniorshomecare.com, Seniors Home Care, 314-962-2666, www.seniorshomecare.com


In Search Of...

LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES

MONEY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEERS
Paying bills, balancing a checkbook, or reading mail can become challenging for many reasons. Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers age 21 and older to help older adults living in St. Louis City and North County manage these financial tasks. Knowing that the bills are paid and the checkbook is balanced gives many people peace of mind. We receive many requests for Volunteer Money Management services and there is always a demand for additional, caring people to become involved. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult in your community remain independent. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website at www.lssmoneymanagement.org.

Laural Crues, Laural.Crues@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474, www.lssmoneymanagement.org

 

VOLUNTEERS TO DELIVER MEALS

MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM
Mid-East Area Agency on Aging is always looking for friendly and dependable volunteers to deliver meals for our Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers will deliver hot, nutritious, noontime meals to homebound seniors in the community while also providing a well-being check. Starting around 10:30 a.m., volunteers usually spend around one to one and half hours delivering meals on their route. If you are interested in filling out an application contact MEAAA Central Office at 636-207-0847. 

Stephanie Patrick, spatrick@mid-eastaaa.org, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, 636-207-0847, www.agingmissouri.org

 

VOLUNTEERS

BJC HOSPICE
A small gift of your time can make a big impression on someone’s heart. BJC Hospice is always in need of adults and teens to donate their time. Apply online or call: St. Louis area, 314-872-5050, Farmington, Missouri, 573-760-8550 Sullivan, Missouri, 573-468-3630, Alton, Illinois, 618-463-7100. Hospice patients can be adults or children, and volunteers provide valuable support to patients and their families. Volunteers can help in numerous ways by supporting patients and families so they can continue to live life to the fullest or helping within the office to support the staff. The amount of time you volunteer is your choice, and you are guided each step of the way with on-going training and support from our volunteer coordinator. If interested, call the volunteer coordinator in your area. After completing an application, you will be contacted for a personal interview and will then attend a volunteer training session.

Cara Lotspeich, cms0310@bjc.org, BJC Hospice, 314-273-0759, www.bjchospice.org

 

VOLUNTEERS

OPTUM HOSPICE
The Heart of Hospice is Volunteers. Share yourself, make a difference, become a hospice volunteer. Share your passion, time and talent. At Optum Palliative and Hospice Care we are dedicated to compassionate care at the end of life when families need it most. As a valuable part of the Optum team, volunteers provide companionship, caregiver support, administrative assistance, bereavement support and more. Interviews are now being scheduled. Contact Karen Riley, Volunteer Coordinator at 314-592-3670 or email: 
karen_riley26@optum.com.

Karen Riley, karen_riley26@optum.com, Optum Hospice, 314-592-3670, www.optum.com


LONGEVITY

Cognitive Improvement

10 Brain Exercises That Boost Memory

     We don’t just lose muscle over time — our brains can atrophy, too. More specifically, your brains cognitive reserve — its ability to withstand neurological damage due to aging and other factors without showing visible signs of slowing or memory loss — diminishes through the years. That can make it more difficult to perform mental tasks. But just as weight workouts add lean muscle to your body and help you retain more muscle in your later years, researchers now believe that following a brain-healthy lifestyle and performing regular, targeted brain exercises can also increase your brain's cognitive reserve.

 

The Healthy Brain: A Multifaceted Approach

     In one of the most detailed studies on the connection between lifestyle and dementia risk to date, researchers found that people who participate in multiple healthy behaviors significantly reduce their risk for dementia. The 2013 study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 2,235 men for 30 years and measured their participation in five healthy lifestyle behaviors: non-smoking, optimal BMI, high fruit and vegetable intake, regular physical activity, and low to moderate alcohol intake. The study participants who followed four or all five of the behaviors were about 60 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment and dementia.

   

  "Approaches to brain health include a well-balanced diet low in fat, low in cholesterol, and high in antioxidants," says Robert Bender, MD, medical director of the Johnny Orr Memory Center and Healthy Aging Institute in Des Moines, Iowa.

     In addition to good nutrition, regular exercise can promote vascular health to help protect brain tissue. Avoiding ruts and boredom is also critical. "The brain wants to learn new things," says Dr. Bender, noting that some researchers believe that people are more vulnerable to dementia when they pay less attention to the things around them. "When the brain is passive, it has a tendency to atrophy," he adds. For this reason, sedentary and relatively passive activities, such as sitting in front of a TV for hours a day, can be detrimental to brain health over time.

 

10 Real-World Brain Exercises That Work

     On top of a healthy diet and regular exercise, there are ways to give your brain its own workout routine — without emptying your wallet. Although brain training software is everywhere these days, it has yet to show any significant neurological benefits for older adults. In a 2014 review published in PLOS Medicine, Australian researchers looked at 52 different studies on computerized cognitive training on a total 4,885 participants and found that the games are not particularly effective in improving brain performance.

     Experts recommend sticking to brain training that involves real-world activities. Exercises to strengthen brain function should offer novelty and challenge. "Almost any silly suggestion can work," says David Eagleman, PhD, neuroscientist and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. "Drive home via a different route; brush your teeth with your opposite hand. The brain works through associations [which is why it's easier to memorize lyrics to a song than it is to try and remember the same words without music], so the more senses you involve the better."

     Your morning newspaper is a great place to start. "Simple games like Sudoku and word games are good, as well as comic strips where you find things that are different from one picture to the next," says John E. Morley, MD, director of St. Louis University's Division of Geriatric Medicine and author of The Science of Staying Young. In addition to word games, Dr. Morley recommends the following exercises to sharpen your mental skills:

  1. Test your recall. Make a list — of grocery items, things to do, or anything else that comes to mind — and memorize it. An hour or so later, see how many items you can recall. Make items on the list as challenging as possible for the greatest mental stimulation.
  2. Let the music play. Learn to play a musical instrument or join a choir. Studies show that learning something new and complex over a longer period of time is ideal for the aging mind.
  3. Do math in your head. Figure out problems without the aid of pencil, paper, or computer; you can make this more difficult — and athletic — by walking at the same time.
  4. Take a cooking class. Learn how to cook a new cuisine. Cooking uses a number of senses: smell, touch, sight, and taste, which all involve different parts of the brain.
  5. Learn a foreign language. The listening and hearing involved stimulates the brain. What’s more, a rich vocabulary has been linked to a reduced risk for cognitive decline.
  6. Create word pictures. Visualize the spelling of a word in your head, then try and think of any other words that begin (or end) with the same two letters.
  7. Draw a map from memory. After returning home from visiting a new place, try to draw a map of the area; repeat this exercise each time you visit a new location.
  8. Challenge your taste buds. When eating, try to identify individual ingredients in your meal, including subtle herbs and spices.
  9. Refine your hand-eye abilities. Take up a new hobby that involves fine-motor skills, such as knitting, drawing, painting, assembling a puzzle, etc.
  10. Learn a new sport. Start doing an athletic exercise that utilizes both mind and body, such as yoga, golf, or tennis.

     Soon people will realize that they can take steps to keep their brains healthy, just as they know they can prevent heart disease by taking certain actions, says Bender. "In the coming decade, I predict brain wellness to be right up there with heart health — now that there's proof that living a brain-healthy lifestyle works!”

 

By Linda Melone, Sarah McNaughton also contributed to this report.


Nutrition

Eating for Longevity

     Is there such a thing as a longevity diet? Increasingly, studies suggest the answer is yes.

     Around the world, certain groups of people enjoy exceptionally long lives. Consider the lucky people of Okinawa. These Pacific Islanders have an average life expectancy of more than 81 years, compared to 78 in the United States and a worldwide average of just 67. Closer to home, members of the Seventh Day Adventists, who typically eat vegetarian diets, outlive their neighbors by four to seven years on average.

     The residents of the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama very rarely suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease. Indeed, research shows that their rate of heart disease is only nine per 100,000 people, compared to 83 per 100,000 among nearby Panamanians on the mainland.

     What makes these groups so fortunate? A growing body of evidence suggests that diet is one of the important contributors to longevity and healthy living. Here’s what’s on the menu of people who enjoy long and healthy lives.

 

Foods for a Healthy Heart

     Most of us know to go easy on saturated fat, the kind found in meat and high-fat dairy products. Saturated fats have been shown to raise blood cholesterol levels into the danger zone. Just as important is what you should be eating. For heart health and longevity, you should eat:

     Plenty of fruits and vegetables: Packed with fiber and nutrients, fruits and vegetables are also relatively low in calories. Studies consistently show that diets plentiful in fruits and vegetables help people maintain a healthy weight and protect against cardiovascular disease.

     Whole grains: Like fruits and vegetables, whole grains pack a lot of nutrition into a low-calorie package. Grains like oats and barley are also rich in a long list of disease-fighting compounds.

     In 2009, researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston reported that study participants whose diets included plenty of whole grains and fruit cut their heart disease risk by almost half compared to those whose diets favored meat and fatty foods. Findings from more than 161,000 nurses enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study also show that whole grains protect against type 2 diabetes, a disease that increases the danger of heart disease.

     Nuts: For too long, nuts were banished from the list of healthy foods because they’re high in fat. They are. But the fat they contain is mostly unsaturated, which protects against heart disease.

     Dark chocolate: Researchers now think that high blood pressure and heart disease are exceedingly rare among residents of the San Blas islands because they eat chocolate, and lots of it. Components in dark chocolate called polyphenols are believed to lower blood pressure and improve the flexibility of blood vessels. In a 2008 study, researchers at the University of Aquila gave volunteers with hypertension 100 grams of dark chocolate daily. After 15 days, their blood pressure readings were significantly lower and their insulin sensitivity had improved.

 

Foods for a Vital Brain

     The basic advice is simple: What’s good for your heart and blood vessels is also good for your brain. That means eating a diet centered on fruits and vegetables with plenty of unsaturated oils, such as olive oil, and plenty of whole grains. Foods that may add extra protection include:

     Blueberries and other antioxidant-rich fruits: Ongoing research at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University suggests that foods especially high in antioxidants, including blueberries, grape juice, and walnuts, protect against age-related changes in the brain that lead to memory loss and even dementia.

     Fish: High in omega-3 fats, fish and shellfish have been shown to protect against irregular heart rhythms than can lead to heart failure. New evidence suggests that in addition to heart protection, the fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA, found in fish oil (and ALA found in flaxseed) may offer a defense against depression and age-related memory loss.

     Low-salt foods: Researchers have known for years that less salt in the diet means lower blood pressure. Now new evidence suggests that keeping blood pressure down may also protect brain cells and decrease the risk of age-related memory loss and even dementia.

     “High blood pressure can damage the vasculature that supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients,” explains Tufts University neuroscientist Aron Troen, PhD. That may explain why people with chronic hypertension seem to be at higher risk of developing age-related cognitive impairments.

Coffee: A growing number of studies suggest that coffee has several surprising health benefits. In addition to potentially lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of age-related mental decline.

     The latest evidence comes from a Finish study of 1,409 volunteers published in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease in 2009. It found that people who regularly drank coffee during their middle-aged years were significantly less likely to suffer dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. Those who drank three to five cups daily had a 65% reduction in risk.

 

 Foods for Strong Bones

     Bone loss and osteoporosis are among the leading reasons for disability in later life. And once seniors become disabled, their health often declines in many other ways. Although some bone loss with age is inevitable, eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D can slow the process and prevent disabling fractures. Among the top choices:

     Low-fat dairy products: “The body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium,” says Robert P Heaney, MD, a leading expert on osteoporosis. “But adequate levels of protein are also necessary to keep bones strong.” For that reason, he argues, dairy products like milk and yogurt are the best sources of calcium because they contain the full array of nutrients needed for healthy bones.

     Dark green leafy vegetables: Collard greens, spinach, and broccoli are good sources of calcium.

     Tofu: Look for brands made with calcium sulfate, which contain the highest levels of calcium. A half-cup contains about 250 milligrams of calcium. (Adult women should consume about 1500 milligrams a day, according to Heaney.)

     Unfortunately, getting enough vitamin D turns out to be trickier than getting enough calcium. Although many foods are fortified with vitamin D, diet alone isn’t able to provide enough. Our skin converts sunlight to vitamin D; but with age, that process becomes less efficient. (During the winter months in most parts of the United States, the sun is too weak to generate vitamin D production.)

     While experts continue to debate the optimal levels of vitamin D, Heaney recommends taking 1,000 to 2,000 international units (IU) a day in supplement form. Boosting vitamin D is particularly important as you get older, he points out, since the skin becomes less efficient at generating this crucial nutrient from sunlight.

 

Beyond Nutrients: The Joy of Eating

     A diet abundant in nutrients is obviously important to longevity. So is enjoying what you eat-- and especially finding joy in sitting down to meals with family and friends.

     Studies of centenarians the world over suggest that social connections and finding meaning in life are both crucial to longevity. The long-lived people of Okinawa say one reason they enjoy long and healthy lives is something they call ikigai, or “finding your reason to live.”

 

By Peter Jaret, WebMD Feature; Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD



Exercise

Want to Live Longer? Optimal Amount of Exercise Revealed

     Doing a few hours of exercise every week will probably help you live longer, but doing a whole lot more exercise doesn't provide much extra benefit, according to a new study on physical activity and longevity.

     Still, doing as much as 10 times the recommended amount of exercise was not linked with an increased risk of dying during the study period. That's good news for marathon runners and triathletes who may have been concerned about the long-term health effects of such high levels of activity.

     In the study, researchers analyzed information from more than 660,000 people ages 21 to 98 in the United States and Sweden who answered questions about how much time they spent doing physical activity, including walking, running, swimming and bicycling. (These questions were asked as part of earlier research conducted in the 1990s and 2000s.)

     People who got some exercise, but not enough to meet the physical activity recommendations were still 20 percent less likely to die over a 14-year period than those who did not do any physical activity. (The recommendations say to do 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.)

     People who engaged in the recommended level of physical activity saw even more benefit: They were 31 percent less likely to die during the study period, compared with those who did not engage in any physical activity.  [7 Common Exercise Errors and How to Fix Them]

     But doing a lot more activity than that did not provide much added benefit. The maximum benefit was seen among people who engaged in three to five times the recommended levels of physical activity; they were 39 percent less likely to die over the study period than people who did no exercise. Engaging in more exercise than this was not linked with any additional benefit.

     Although some earlier studies suggested that people who practice extreme endurance training have an increased risk of heart problems, the new study found no link between very high levels of physical activity (10 or more times the recommended level) and an increased risk of death.

     "These findings are informative for individuals at both ends of the physical activity spectrum: They provide important evidence to inactive individuals by showing that modest amounts of activity provide substantial benefit for postponing mortality while reassuring very active individuals of no exercise-associated increase in mortality risk," the researchers, from the National Cancer Institute, wrote in the April 6 issue of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

     In an editorial accompanying the study, Todd Manini, of the University of Florida's Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, pointed out that the people most likely to benefit from increasing the amount of exercise they do are those who do not currently do any.

     "A lot of the mortality reductions were seen in people only one step away from doing no leisure-time physical activity," Manini said, referring to the group that did some physical activity, but not enough to meet the recommendations.

     Doctors should target this group with exercise counseling, Manini said. "Physicians who seek out the segment of the population that performs no leisure-time physical activity could receive the most payback in their patient's health."

     The new study relied on reports of physical activity at one point in time, and it's possible that people changed their levels of physical activity over the study period, the researchers said.

     In addition, the study looked at the time spent engaged in physical activity, but did not focus on the intensity of that activity. That is, it did not directly compare those who engaged in moderate activity versus those who engaged in vigorous activity. But the study did find that people who met the recommended level of physical activity — either through moderate or vigorous activity levels — had a reduced risk of death.

     In a separate study, also published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers in Australia found that people who engaged in vigorous activity (such as jogging or aerobics) were 9 to 13 percent less likely to die over a six-year period than those who engaged in only moderate activity (such as gentle swimming or household chores).

     "Our research indicates that even small amounts of vigorous activity could help reduce your risk of early death," study researcher Klaus Gebel, of James Cook University's Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention in Australia, said in a statement.

     But people with medical conditions, older adults or those who have not previously engaged in vigorous activity should speak with their doctors before beginning an exercise program, Gebel said.

 

By Rachael Rettner


Social Engagement

The Synapse Project

     As birth rates continue to fall and life expectancy increases in the 21st century, a rapid demographic shift is unfolding, resulting in significant global increases in the proportion of people who are aged 65 and greater. One of the greatest scientific challenges associated with this increase in aged adults is how to maintain the health of the aging mind until death. Approximately 32% of older adults aged 85 and older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and almost all older adults experience some degree of cognitive compromise as they age. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that delaying the onset of AD symptoms by five years would reduce the rate of incidence by 50%! A clear scientific understanding of how everyday experiences and activities could enhance cognition and slow cognitive aging has the potential to enrich lives of older adults while simultaneously addressing a significant public health problem.

     Although there are a wealth of scientific studies that have focused on structured cognitive training and intervention techniques to enhance cognition in late adulthood, little scientific research has been directed to the possibility that engaging in enjoyable and enriching lifestyle activities can slow or delay cognitive and neural aging. This neglected area is the focus of the Synapse Project. Neuroscientists are just beginning to understand what individuals can do to protect their brain, much as cardiologists learned what heart-healthy behaviors were over the past 50 years.  Now,  the Synapse project focuses on learning what everyday activities can lead to a healthier mind. We recently demonstrated that older adults who were randomly assigned to learn digital photography, quilting or both in fast-paced, demanding classes for 15 hours per week for three months showed enhanced episodic memory function both at the end of the engagement period (Park et al. 2013), and a year later. The observed memory improvements were in comparison to two engagement conditions that were low in cognitive challenge:  a Social Engagement group that had fun but did not engage in active learning and, a Placebo control condition where participants worked on cognitive tasks that primarily required using previous knowledge, or passive listening rather than the engagement of challenging mental operation.

     The project is now focused on understanding the brain mechanisms that underlie cognitive enhancements in older adults that result from engagement. We are testing the hypothesis that only activities that involve sustained mental challenge and activation of effortful mental operations will facilitate cognition or enhance brain function.  Activities that involves passive activities that are low in cognitive challenge due to their familiarity and reliance on existing knowledge will have minimal effects.  We have preliminary evidence that individuals who participated in high challenge activities like quilting and photography showed enhanced brain activity in areas associated with semantic and conceptual processing as well as visual imagery.  By studying both the brain and behavior, we can learn not only what activities enhance cognitive function, but also the brain mechanisms that account for the improvement!

 

By The Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas at Dallas


Spirituality / Religion

The Important Relationship Between Faith and Longevity

          What is it that brings true joy and fulfillment in life? Is it a good job or a new car? Is it family and friends? Even amidst friends, family and material possessions, many people are left lonely and unfulfilled. We have heard a lot from the medical field about physical health, mental health, and our social connections, but the effect of spirituality on health is often overlooked or dismissed. However, these four dimensions (physical, mental, social, and spiritual) are aspects of life that need to be brought into balance in order for our lives to be as rewarding as possible.

     So, what affect does religion or spirituality have on a person’s well being? Besides the purely spiritual benefits, does connecting with a higher power benefit us in our earthly, physical lives? Followers of all religions often claim their faith is an important part of their health and well-being.

     Skeptics often scoff at the notion that faith influences health; arguing that it is the social interaction the religious community provides, not the religion or faith itself, which boosts wellness. But religious groups do not deny the effect of community on their lives. Many would say God intended religion to promote community; when people gather together to worship or pray, a way is provided to meet both spiritual and social needs.

     The, “strong positive relation between religiosity and well-being,” appears to hold true regardless of the number of people in each spiritual community. For example, very religious Jews are a minority within their ethnic community. However, they still experience the same boost in well-being when compared to the larger groups of moderately religious and non-religious Jews.

     But we are not simply talking about mental or social well-being; faith actually has an effect on our physical lives and longevity. ‘Blue zones’ is a geographic designation given to groups of people who have had exceptionally long lifespans. Among these people, a common factor is trust in divine power. In the research, many centenarians (people who are over 100 years old) from these ‘zones’ were interviewed. In fact, ninety-eight percent of the centenarians interviewed in the Blue Zones study belonged to some type of faith-based community. In fact, attending faith-based services each week has been shown to add 4 to 14 years of life expectancy.

     Americans who never attend church have 1.87 times the risk of death compared with those attending services more than once a week. For someone who is twenty years old, that amounts to a 7-year difference in life expectancy. The question is, how much does this have to do with the lifestyles of those in question, and how much with actual faith?

     How does this boost in longevity come about? Besides lifestyle, what medical effects does faith bring to the table? These questions are especially relevant; because, when people are sick, their spiritual beliefs are often more pronounced. They look to a higher power for support and for strength. One study showed that 77% of patients wanted their physicians to consider their spiritual needs and 48% wanted their physicians to pray with them.

     These spiritual beliefs are not simply a crutch, they have been documented to help in numerous ways: “Results from several studies indicate that people with strong religious and spiritual beliefs heal faster from surgery, are less anxious and depressed, have lower blood pressure, and cope better with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and spinal cord injury.”

     Lets look at some clinically documented examples of faith’s relationship with healing. In a study of 232 heart surgery patients, “those who were religious were 3 times less likely to die within 6 months after surgery than those who were not.” In fact, none of the patients who described themselves as deeply religious died. In addition to this, research in coronary (heart) care units suggests there is a benefit to intercessory prayer. The patients who were prayed for had fewer complications and fewer deaths than those who did not receive prayer.

     Furthermore, studies have demonstrated that depression patients who are treated with religious therapy recover faster than those treated with standard secular cognitive-behavioral therapy. Also, the patients treated with religious therapy had significantly lower post-treatment depression levels. People with AIDS who had, “faith in God, compassion toward others, a sense of inner peace, and were religious had a better chance of surviving for a long time than those who did not live with such belief systems.”

     Clearly, faith affects our lives and health in many ways. It has a far-reaching, deep impact upon more than our spiritual our well-being; it also affects our physical, mental, and social well-being. Being part of a faith-based community is an important piece of the longevity puzzle. If you have never done so before, consider submitting your life to God. By exercising faith, our lives can be more fulfilled, balanced and peaceful than before.

 

By Jonathan Ewald


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11/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
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Aging
Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious?
12/5/2016 3:45:13 AM By CHRISTOPHER MELE NYTimes Aging - News
Memory lapses that disrupt daily living or cause a person to withdraw from family are more serious than absent-mindedness or confusing names, experts said. View More...
Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations
12/2/2016 3:28:32 PM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
People once vigilant about immunizing their children aren’t nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age. View More...
Can You Regain Muscle Mass After Age 60?
12/2/2016 4:21:17 AM By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS NYTimes Aging - News
Men and women in their 60s and 70s can build muscles that are as strong as a 40-year-old’s, though the process of bulking up works differently in older people than in the young. View More...
Pageant Glamour for Those Who Have Reached the Age of Elegance
12/2/2016 3:02:42 AM By ABBY ELLIN NYTimes Aging - News
The Ms. Senior America pageant, and others like it, celebrate women of a certain age — “between 60 and death,” one contestant joked. View More...
Never Too Old for a Tiara
12/2/2016 3:02:37 AM By SAMANTHA STARK, TAIGE JENSEN and ABBY ELLIN NYTimes Aging - News
The Ms. Senior America pageant caters not to women on the cusp of adulthood but to those who have experienced life in all of its joys and sorrows. They’re still kicking — and kicking high. View More...
They’re Growing Older. Their Mortgage Debt Is Growing Deeper.
11/18/2016 4:05:24 AM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
After pulling cash from their homes during the boom years, many older people are saddled with rising debt, making retirement more difficult. View More...
No Rest at Rest Home: Fighting Bias Against Gays and Lesbians
11/18/2016 4:00:26 AM By MARK MILLER NYTimes Aging - News
If successful, Marsha Wetzel’s lawsuit against a senior living community in Illinois could set a legal precedent establishing housing providers’ responsibilities. View More...
Am I Obliged to Support My Elderly Mother?
11/16/2016 3:00:07 AM By KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH NYTimes Aging - News
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on what a child owes an aging parent, who is entitled to read a found letter and more. View More...
Bingo? Pass. Bring on Senior Speed-Dating and Wine-Tasting.
11/11/2016 8:22:41 AM By CONSTANCE GUSTKE NYTimes Aging - News
Senior centers have undergone profound changes in recent years to appeal to baby boomers who are living longer and expect more — much more. View More...
Harry Belafonte: What Do We Have to Lose? Everything
11/7/2016 10:29:55 AM By HARRY BELAFONTE NYTimes Aging - News
Donald Trump and his “movement” put the painfully obtained gains of the civil rights movement in jeopardy. View More...
Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?
11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?
Category: Health News
Created: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER
11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Elder Abuse Often Missed In ER
Category: Health News
Created: 11/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It
11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It
Category: Health News
Created: 11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care
11/1/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: 1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care
Category: Health News
Created: 10/31/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 11/1/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly
10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly
Category: Health News
Created: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?
10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?
Category: Health News
Created: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study
10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More
10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More
Category: Health News
Created: 10/12/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors
10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors
Category: Health News
Created: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study
10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
Category: Health News
Created: 10/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...

Seniors
'Darkest Place in the World': Sand Divers In Sri Lanka Risk Health for Lucrative Job
12/4/2016 3:04:02 PM Big News Network
KOCHCHIKADE, SRI LANKA - Dilantha Chamara Silva learned how to dive for sand in the river near his house when he was 13 years old. At 36, he is still diving for sand in that same river, the Maha Oya, View More...
Patriotic Front's Karakachanov: Six Months of Anarchy To Be Expected Before Snap Elections
12/4/2016 5:37:10 AM Big News Network
The Patriotic Front and the Reformist Bloc will probably not agree although they are ready to meet on the issue of forming a government. This became clear from the statement of the co-chairman of PF  View More...
Cancer cases increase by 33% between 2005 and 2015: Study
12/4/2016 3:00:06 AM Big News Network
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 4 (ANI): US researchers have found that between 2005 and 2015, cancer cases increased by 33 percent, mostly due to population aging and growth plus changes in age-specific  View More...
Bangladeshi migrant killed in UK detention centre
12/3/2016 9:46:12 PM Big News Network
Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec. 4 (ANI): An elderly Bangladeshi immigrant, who had been living in the United Kingdom without proper documents, was killed in an immigration facility in Greater London. Tarek C View More...
Prado Museum hosts monographic exhibit of works by Master Mateo
12/3/2016 7:33:17 AM Big News Network
PanARMENIAN.Net - The Museo del Prado, the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes and the Fundacioacute;n Catedral de Santiago are the joint organisers of the monographic exhibition of works by Master  View More...
Cataract ups risk of depression in older adults
12/3/2016 3:00:27 AM Big News Network
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 3 (ANI): Older adults, especially women, with cataract are more likely to have symptoms of depression, says a new study. The study was published in the Optometry and Vision View More...
Archaeologists claim to have found Queen Nefertari's mummified knees
12/3/2016 2:34:04 AM Big News Network
PanARMENIAN.Net - A pair of mummified knees found in a tomb in Egypts Valley of the Queens are most likely those of Queen Nefertari, the royal spouse of Pharaoh Ramses II, say archaeologists, accordi View More...
International Day of Persons with Disabilities marked in Sweida
12/4/2016 5:27:09 AM Big News Network
Speaking at the festivity, Minister of Social Affairs Rima al-Qadri said that people with disabilities proved to have special capacities and succeed to overcome their mental and physical impairments,  View More...
Thousands Bid Farewell to Cuba's Fidel Castro
12/4/2016 6:07:30 AM Big News Network
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - President Raul Castro led tens of thousands of Cubans in a pledge to defend the socialist legacy of his brother Fidel Castro, who died last week aged 90 and will be interred in the c View More...
Underage sexting investigations rise in number
12/5/2016 3:24:00 AM Big News Network
More than six underage sexting investigations are launched every day, according to new findings. Children aged 13, and one six-year-old, were reported to police for indecent photos. View More...
Brother breaks down in tears as new search is launched over 1970 kidnapping cold case - as police reveal their key suspect is still alive
12/4/2016 10:51:18 PM Big News Network
The older brother of a toddler that went missing almost 50 years ago in New South Wales has broken down in front of media as police announce a search for a new suspect they believe is still alive. View More...
Out-of-control street brawl footage shows a barefoot woman, 18, 'bash another female with a CHAIR'
12/4/2016 10:51:13 PM Big News Network
Police say an 18-year-old woman has been charged with assault and damage to property, while two men, aged 18 and 47, have also been charged with fighting in a public place after the brawl in Adelaide. View More...
Brother breaks down in tears as new search is launched over 1970 kidnapping cold case
12/4/2016 9:29:34 PM Big News Network
The older brother (pictured) of a toddler that went missing almost 50 years ago in New South Wales has broken down in front of media as police announce a search for a new suspect. View More...
Fraudsters target a fifth of over-55s with savings over the past three years after new pensions freedoms make the age group more likely to be victims
12/4/2016 7:49:13 PM Big News Network
More than one in five over-55s suspect they have been targeted by an investment scam in the past three years, according to research from the City regulator. View More...
US Navy 'to phase out Hornet fighter jets in favor of Super Hornets' to make up for shortage in planes brought on by delay in deployment of F-35 jets
12/4/2016 6:26:34 PM Big News Network
The United States Navy is planning to purchase dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft over the course of the next few years while ditching the older Hornet model jets. View More...
The one lesson I've learned from life: Dame Esther Rantzen on why she would like to live to 101 years old
12/4/2016 4:25:50 PM Big News Network
Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, 76, is a journalist and TV presenter best known for BBC series Thats Life! She launched The Silver Line helpline for older people in 2013 and is founder of ChildLine. View More...
Confessional: What your librarian REALLY thinks about you
12/4/2016 4:25:41 PM Big News Network
Some regulars only take out sci-fi or erotica - one polite old man borrowed the entire Fifty Shades trilogy and asked if we had anything similar, no embarrassment at all. View More...
All hail the Greynaissance! What's the real story behind THAT Pirelli calendar of mature stars? Finally the fashion world has woken up to the Pound 6.7bn spending power of the older woman...
12/4/2016 3:28:27 PM Big News Network
This years pin ups include septuagenarians in the form of Dame Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling, but also the beautiful but definitely middle-aged Julianne Moore, 56. View More...
Underage sexting investigations rise in number as new findings show children as young as six are caught in the 'epidemic'
12/4/2016 2:49:31 PM Big News Network
More than six underage sexting investigations are launched every day, according to new findings. Children aged 13, and one six-year-old, were reported to police for indecent photos. View More...
Homes of the elderly being seized by local councils to pay for residential care bills
12/4/2016 10:50:05 AM Big News Network
Deferred Payment Agreements see elderly Britons hand over their properties to councils which then hold the homes as collateral and cover care costs on their behalf. View More...
Young Muslim boys take part in a mass circumcision ceremony in Malaysia
12/4/2016 10:29:18 AM Big News Network
The annual ceremonies in Malaysia are a rite of passage for Muslim boys, aged between five and 12 years old, and taking part is regarded as their journey into adulthood. View More...
Brother of NRL star Chad Robinson who has been missing for eight nights opens up
12/4/2016 5:51:46 AM Big News Network
Cronulla Sharks player Tim Robinson said he has rarely slept since his older brother former NRL star Chad Robinson disappeared eight nights ago from his Sydney home. View More...
Sydney woman in her 20s rescued after falling 10 metres down a cliff face
12/4/2016 4:29:00 AM Big News Network
A woman, aged in her 20s, has been rescued after falling 10 metres off a cliff face while walking the coastal trail at Sydneys eastern beaches. View More...
Edinburgh man with 'bionic penis' has scores of women contact him for for sex
12/4/2016 4:28:49 AM Big News Network
Mohammed Abads mechanical manhood helped him lose his virginity aged 44. Since it was fitted the man-made organ has given the man, from Edinburgh, 50 offers of sex from women. View More...
'I've had 50 offers of sex': Man, 44, who was fitted with a Pound 70,000 bionic penis says he has had scores of women contact him but admits he is just 'too tired' to be up for anything
12/4/2016 3:48:09 AM Big News Network
Mohammed Abads mechanical manhood helped him lose his virginity aged 44. Since it was fitted the man-made organ has given the man, from Edinburgh, 50 offers of sex from women. View More...
Woman in her 20s rescued after falling 10 metres down a cliff face in Clovelly, Sydney
12/4/2016 2:53:17 AM Big News Network
A woman, aged in her 20s, has been rescued after falling 10 metres off a cliff face while walking the coastal trail at Sydneys eastern beaches. View More...
Thousands of Post Office workers plan five-day walk out over pensions dispute
12/4/2016 2:25:38 AM Big News Network
Thousands of Post Office workers are planning to cause chaos at Christmas with a five-day strike. Members of the CWU plan to walk out on December 19, 20, 22, 23 and 24. View More...
Kiwis being targeted by drug syndicates
12/3/2016 6:47:07 PM Big News Network
Transnational criminal networks are targeting and recruiting people to act as drug couriers, by either duping or enticing them, and New Zealanders should be aware of the risks, says Customs Minister N View More...
RS adjourned for day amid ruckus over cash crunch
12/5/2016 3:55:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day without conducting any business as opposition members demanded that the government immediately pays salaries and pensions to View More...
Kolkata continues to queue at banks, ATMs run dry
12/5/2016 3:01:07 AM Big News Network
Kolkata, Dec 5 (IANS) People at ATMs, more than at bank offices, in Kolkata felt dejected as they first queued up for long hours and then returned empty-handed as no cash was vended out on the first M View More...
Four burnt to death in car crash
12/5/2016 12:43:01 AM Big News Network
Hyderabad, Dec 5 (IANS) Four youths were burnt to death when their car caught fire after a crash on Outer Ring Road on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Monday, police said. The car hit the divider and c View More...
12 people killed in Russia road accident
12/4/2016 9:23:01 PM Big News Network
Moscow, Dec 5 (IANS) Twelve people, including 11 children of an acrobatics team were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident in Russia, official said. Russian President Vladimir Putin express View More...
Seahawks S Thomas thinking about retirement after leg injury
12/4/2016 8:43:16 PM Big News Network
SEATTLE -- Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas left Sunday nights game with a lower-leg fracture early in the second quarter. He collided with a teammate while breaking up a pass by Carolina Panthers View More...
Mohammedan Sporting inaugurate grassroots development programme
12/4/2016 7:31:01 AM Big News Network
Kolkata, Dec 4 (IANS) City giants Mohammedan Sporting inaugurated their first grassroots football development programme at their club here on Sunday. Toeing Asian Football Confederations (AFC) line  View More...
Elton John not planning to retire
12/4/2016 3:57:02 AM Big News Network
London, Dec 4 (IANS) Legendary Elton John says there is no truth to the rumours that he is planning to retire. On Friday, it was reported that John was ready to announce his retirement to spend more  View More...
Want to live longer? Quit smoking
12/4/2016 3:09:01 AM Big News Network
New York, Dec 4 (IANS) Individuals who quit tobacco even in their 60s can increase their life-expectancy, a study has found. In the study, the researchers found that only 27.9 per cent of those who q View More...
North Korean first lady reappears in media after nine months of absence
12/3/2016 9:15:01 PM Big News Network
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended air drills alongside his wife, Ri Sol-ju, marking the first ladys first public appearance in nine months, the media reported on Sunday. K View More...
UNESCO commends UAE efforts to preserve endangered cultural heritage .. CultureConference
12/3/2016 3:11:35 PM Big News Network
ABU DHABI, 3rd December, 2016 (WAM)--The hosting of The Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference in Abu Dhabi is seen as a sign of interest in the worlds cultural heritage threatened by c View More...
Emirati inventor Majan wins gold medal at Hong Kong invention exhibition
12/3/2016 1:12:27 PM Big News Network
DUBAI, 3rd December, 2016 (WAM) -- Emirati inventor Ahmed Abdullah Majan has won the gold medal for his smart bicycles chair at the Hong Kong International Invention and Design Competition, which was View More...
Zayed Giving Initiative launches largest heart image ..UAENationalDay45
12/3/2016 12:12:20 PM Big News Network
ABU DHABI, 3rd December, 2016 (WAM)--Zayed Giving Initiative has launched the worlds largest pulsating human heart model to highlight its campaign to treat the underprivileged including the elderly a View More...
Bengal to stimulate job creation to beat demontisation effect
12/3/2016 12:01:01 PM Big News Network
Kolkata, Dec 3 (IANS) In a bid to nullify demonetisation effect on employment generation, the West Bengal government plans to launch another batch of 5,000 cars under the Gatidhara project by March 20 View More...
Bodies of two newborn kids recovered from Bengal
12/3/2016 9:41:01 AM Big News Network
Kolkata, Dec 3 (IANS) Bodies of two newborn kids were recovered from two different districts in West Bengal on Saturday, police said. Corpse of a newborn baby girl, aged between 1-2 days, was recove View More...
Stampede at a bank in Andhra, two injured
12/3/2016 7:01:02 AM Big News Network
Vijayawada, Dec 3 (IANS) Two persons were injured when stampede broke out at a bank in Andhra Pradeshs West Godavari district on Saturday. Glass doors and window panes of the bank were also damaged. View More...
Aortic stenosis patient cured through non-invasive surgery
12/3/2016 5:55:01 AM Big News Network
Gurugram, Dec 3 (IANS) In a first of its kind in India, a 76-year-old woman diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a medical condition that restricts blood flow through the hearts aortic valve, was cured th View More...
People's mindset is changing due to T20: Tendulkar
12/3/2016 4:15:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Indias batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said the mentality of people had changed due to the popularity of Twenty20 cricket and technology. Tendulkar, who retired  View More...
Indian couple seeks son's release from Pakistan jail
12/3/2016 3:57:01 AM Big News Network
Amritsar, Dec 3 (IANS) An elderly couple, whose son is lodged in a Pakistani prison despite completing his jail term, is seeking justice from Pakistans visiting foreign policy adviser to get him re View More...
Arotic stenosis patient cured through non-invasive surgery
12/3/2016 3:07:01 AM Big News Network
Gurugram, Dec 3 (IANS) In a first of its kind in India, a 76-year-old woman diagnosed with arotic stenosis, a medical condition that restricts blood flow through the hearts aortic valve, was cured th View More...
Bolt to focus on 100m in career's last season
12/3/2016 3:01:02 AM Big News Network
Monte Carlo, Dec 3 (IANS) Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt has asserted that he wants to focus on the 100 meters event in his final season, leaving the 200m out of his mind. After last season, I View More...
Hopes fly high on Cathay retirement age
12/4/2016 11:52:15 PM Big News Network
Cathay Pacific appears ready to raise the retirement age for flight attendants from 55 to 60.Pension fund arrangements are among issues to be resolved, and that will be high on the order of business a View More...
Corals much older than previously thought, study finds
12/4/2016 11:49:53 PM Big News Network
Coral genotypes can survive for thousands of years, possibly making them the longest-lived animals in the world, according to researchers at Penn State, the National Marine Fisher View More...


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